There are 2 narratives from the Left about our founding documents. Both are designed to get its inconvenient limitations to their agenda out of the way. The first is that the Constitution and Declaration of Independence are irrelevant and outdated. It goes something like this: the founders could not have foreseen the advent of the automobile. Or better, the founders could not have foreseen the global economy. And so forth and so on. As though the light bulb or a man on the moon suddenly changed the way man behaves and fundamentally genetically altered his persona. The second is that the Constitution is a “living breathing document”, evolving to suit the changes needed as man outgrows the antiquated thinking of the 18th century. That um, prepositional changes are needed. We really need Freedom FROM religion, not freedom OF religion, for example. Yeah. That’s it.
Both these narratives are transparently obvious in their intent. They are grossly inaccurate and conveniently suited to their inventors.
150 years after the signing of the Declaration, President Calvin Coolidge made these observations and he makes the case that Truth is Truth, not subject to the whims of man and the machinations of tyrants, far better.
About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction cannot lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.
I will have to give Calvin Coolidge a good deal more attention. Strangely, he is not much more than a footnote in most history textbooks. He exists in the education system as a kind of witless boob Neanderthal relic of the pre-Depression 20’s. I think the Progressives can’t refute his argument, so they seek to shut Silent Cal up instead.
H/T Powerline Blog